No, all churches, all nations!!!!!
Who will be there? IMB, NAMB, SBTC & Louisiana Baptists and representatives from LBC Mission Partnerships.
Join us for a time of worship, training (workshops), information exchange, encouragement and challenge.
There is limited lodging available at Tall Timbers should you desire to arrive on Friday the 12th.
Conference held at
Leader and Workshop Info:
Mark Hagerhjelm has been on staff at First, Haughton since July 2010 and is currently serving as the Administrator, Missions, and Ministry Pastor at First, Haughton. He and his wife, Sherri, have been married since 1991 and have two daughters, Hannah and Abigail, who are teachers in Bossier Parish.
Mark earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Louisiana Tech University in 1993. He has previously worked as a manager and general manager for AMC Theaters and as an auditor and indirect account executive for USUnwired and Sprint.
Mark enjoys helping people find their role in God’s mission to reach all nations, tribes, peoples, and tongues with the Gospel, leading U.S. and international mission trips, traveling for fun, spending time with his wife, and attending sporting events.
Workshop: Characteristics of a Sending Church
Model of First, Haughton
Terry Sharp served as an IMB missionary in Spain and Brazil and then spent 10 years at the Tennessee Baptist Convention as a director—first in the language church planting department, and later in partnership missions. He has also served on the staff of numerous churches, the last as mission’s pastor. He presently serves the International Mission Board as State and Association Network Leader.
Workshop: Leading Your Church on Mission
In the Ever-Changing Global Landscape-Roundtable Discussion. Come join senior pastors, mission pastors, and mission leaders in guided group discussions and activities to help take your church to the next steps on mission. This session will include, assessing key ways to be involved in God’s mission, identifying roadblocks, and determining steps to move forward and implement your strategy over the next 3-6 months.
Dr. Tim Patrick
Tim Patrick is Director of Missions for Beauregard Baptist Association. He obtained his BS degree from La. Tech University, and his M.Div. and D.Min. from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. Tim pastored thirty-four years before becoming the DOM for BBA. He is also the founder and director of “The Shepherd’s Connection“, a ministry he founded to promote ministry-health and longevity for those in ministry.
Judy, Tim’s wife, is Administrative Assistant for Beauregard Baptist Association. She obtained her BA from the University of Mobile, and her M.R.E and D.Ed.Min. from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary specializing in women’s ministry. Judy has served in women’s ministry leadership for over thirty-five years serving on the church level, associational level, state level and national level. She speaks to women’s groups, and has taught Women’s Studies for the Baptist College of Florida and the University of Mobile.
Workshop: Prayer Ready
When your child and his family are missionaries in a country where the spread of the gospel is illegal, you learn quickly the importance of praying for missions. Tim and Judy, daily, reach out to individuals and churches asking them to pray for missions. They know firsthand the power of prayer for missions around the world.
Pastor Ramón Osorio was born in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. He holds three Bachelor Degrees on Management, International Business and Economics. He has worked as Marketing Manager, Sales Manager, Project Director and General Manager in several companies. He has served as High School Teacher and University Adjunct Professor in Honduras and the U.S.A.
He is an ordain minister in Honduras and in the U.S.A. He holds a Master’s in Theology and a Doctorate in Ministry. In the present he is a Doctor in Ministry Degree on Church Planting at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. He helped start a church in Honduras and planted three churches in Louisville, Kentucky.
Since June 2013 serves at the North American Mission Board (NAMB), first as the National Church Mobilizer and more recently as the Director of Ethnic Relations.
He is the author of five Electronic books on Marriage, Characteristics of a Healthy Church, Pastoral Ministry, and Authentic Christianity. He is married to Rosana Osorio and has three daughters, Ashli, Rosana Alejandra, and Valeria.
The essence of who we are and the scope of his mission for us still the same. We are still his witnesses called to take the Gospel to the nations. In his grace our Lord has brought the nations to our neighborhoods. Let us learn how to win them for Christ.
Dr. Johnny Dammon
Dr. Johnny Dammon has been a Texas pastor for 25+ years, M.Div. and D.Min degrees. Presently serving as Senior Pastor of First, Lake Charles. Served 14 years with International Mission Board Missionary to Austria 1988-1992, Thailand 2009-2017 Risk Manager for Southeast Asia Affinity 2013-2017 ,Connections Director for Southeast Asia Affinity 2013 – 2017. As Risk Manager my duties were to mitigate liability for the IMB and manage security for all of our personnel living in Southeast Asia.
As Connections Director I helped to coordinate mission teams coming from the US to work in Southeast Asia with IMB personnel. As Church planters we hosted many mission teams coming from the USA to partner with us on college campuses in SE Asia. As Pastor at First, Lake Charles we have led our church to “lift up their eyes” and see God’s harvest among the international community living in SWLA. We started an international supper club and are reaching many internationals living in the Lake area. We are also leading a mission team to Thailand this year from our church.
Workshop: Security Ready
We will begin with a “theology of risk” and move on to cover basic security essentials for going on a mission trip. The goal is for attendees to be “Security Ready” as they go on a mission trip.
Ben Jernigan serves as the missions’ minister at Temple, Ruston, LA. Prior to his time at Temple, Ben and his family served for nearly seven years with the International Mission Board in East Asia. Ben loves sports, internationals and connecting people to Jesus and His mission. Ben and his wife Hannah have three kids and spend most of their time playing ball outside.
Workshop: Healthy Mission Partnerships
How important are good partners in missions, and what does a good partnership look like? In this workshop we will see how to lead our church in mission partnerships that are kingdom focused, strategic and empowering to the local indigenous churches.
David Ortega was born in Mexico City in 1962. His father was one of the key researchers under the Rockefeller foundation in developing better strains of wheat. They lived in Mexico City for the first four years of his life, then during his childhood, he moved to the United States in the mid-1960 to California . The family then moved to Edinburg, Texas, where he attended high school because his father took a position teaching Botany and other sciences at Pan American University.
Ortega attended the University of Texas at Austin where he received a BA in Biology. Years later after responding to God’s calling to the ministry he attended Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth and received a Masters of Divinity with Biblical Languages.
David is married to my wife Mari who grew up in Edinburg. She has a BS degree in biology from St. Mary’s University in San Antonio and they have three children and three grandchildren and two more on the way. During their time at Seminary they planted a Spanish speaking church out of First, Euless.
From 1997-2013 Mari and David served with the International Mission Board (IMB) in Southeast Asia. For 12 years they served in Jakarta Indonesia and two years on the island of Bali in Denpasar. During those years he taught at the Baptist seminary in Jakarta and also served as the strategy coordinator for the city of Jakarta. In Bali his job consisted of being the strategy coordinator for Denpasar and also as mentor for other personnel and church planters on the eastern islands of Indonesia.
David now serves with the Southern Baptist of Texas Convention as their missionary to the Rio Grande Valley to develop a church planting strategy in order to help facilitate local churches to plant churches. He is also currently a pastor of Sendero Community Church in south McAllen Texas.
In missions he has also become involved in training Christians in evangelism and discipleship for church planting in Cuba and in Nepal.
Workshop: Push Outreach
One of our strategies in church planting in the Rio Grande Valley is our PUSH events. We use these events to target key areas where we have a church plant or are planning to start a new church.
Jason Carlisle served for 2 years as Pastor of Missions Mobilization of Saddleback Church, his long-term commitment has been to plant or enable smaller churches. He has planted/pastored churches in Indiana, Virginia and South America.
After serving for 20 years in Uruguay, Jason was asked to begin and lead the Hispanic Mobilization program of IMB. In this role Jason led dozens of small Hispanic churches to engage and plant churches among unreached peoples in places such as Senegal, India, Myanmar, Thailand and Indonesia. These churches are actively involved in long term church planting ministries among the UPGs.
While serving full time in the home office in Richmond, VA, Jason planted El Refugio Baptist Church by discipling 5 young Catholics from El Salvador. El Refugio has sponsored 3 church plants. Of the 5 young men, 2 now serve as pastors, the other 3 are in senior leadership in 3 churches.
In January, 2019 Jason founded MovilizacionHIspana.org a 501 c3 which enables small/bivo churches to have an impact on lostness.
Workshop: Punching Above Their Weight
We will examine small church case studies and the principles involved in their outsized impact and influence.
Dr. Tommy Middleton
Dr. Tommy Middleton became the new director in August 2011. Dr. Middleton comes to the Association from Woodlawn, Baton Rouge where he recently completed his 24th year as Senior Pastor.
Dr. Middleton began his ministry in 1972 where he served as Minister of Music and Youth at New Salem Baptist Church in Caledonia, MS. He completed his music education degree at Mississippi State University in 1976 while serving as interim pastor of Kolola Springs Baptist Church also of Caledonia. In 1977, Dr. Middleton became the pastor of Halbert Heights, Brookhaven, MS while completing his theological education at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary earning a Master of Divinity in 1979 and Doctor of Theology in 1986.
While serving at Woodlawn, Dr. Middleton’s ministry emphasized evangelism and world missions where he and members of the congregation brought the Gospel message to over 22 different countries. Dr. Middleton has served as, an adjunct professor of New Testament for New Orleans Theological Seminary in Baton Rouge, a member of the Executive Committee of the Southern Baptist Convention, and a member of the Executive Board for the Louisiana Baptist Convention.
Dr. Middleton married his college sweetheart Karen Mitchell in 1975. They have three grown children, all of whom graduated from LSU – Christopher, Michael and Jenny. They are the proud grandparents of four grandchildren.